Empire Fields

Empire Fields rendering

The former site of the BC Lions' temporary stadium will be transformed into a community sports field. Empire Fields will have two new full sized synthetic turf fields, a warm up area, spectator seating, and a 560m recreational running track.

Empire Fields, Plateau Sports Park, and greenways

February 3, 2015 – Due to weather-related delays, work on Empire Fields and the adjacent Plateau Park will be completed in spring 2015. Upon opening, Empire Fields will be used as a training venue for the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015. Public access to the fields will begin in July 2015.

August 2014 – Construction is underway and on schedule for completion in November 2014.

January 2013 – This project will be tendered in mid-February and expected to complete construction in spring 2014.

Empire Fields, Plateau Sports returns with new parks and greenways

June 16, 2012 – Learn about exciting plans for the renewal of Empire Fields and the rebirth of a forgotten stream in the new Creekway Park. Comment on finalized concept plans for Empire Fields, Plateau Sports Park, and new Greenways in and around Hastings Park.

The temporary stadium at Empire Fields has been dismantled

March 3, 2012 – With the completion of BC Place, the BC Lions and the Vancouver Whitecaps have moved to their new home, so the temporary stadium at Empire Fields has been dismantled.

The City of Vancouver has retained a professional consulting team and is working with Technical and Community Advisory groups to prepare design options and finalize a concept plan for reinstating community use at Empire Field. View the latest concept plans (on the Documents tab) for the proposed synthetic turf fields and surrounding active park spaces: Plateau Sports Park, dirt jumps, Leeside Tunning, and jogging path.

Public consultation for the reinstatement of Empire Field, the Plateau Sports Park, and park greenways will continue until June 2012. Construction is anticipated to begin in late 2012 and be complete by fall 2013.

Public consultations

February 22, 2012 – Public consultation is taking place about initial design concepts for Empire Fields and the surrounding park areas and greenways, and about the finalized design concept for Creekway park.

Plans, renderings, and images

Empire Fields and Plateau Park

Public consultation documents

Open house (June 16, 2012)

Empire Field, Plateau, Sports Park, and Greenways:

Open house (February 22, 2012)

Empire Field, Plateau Sports Park, and Greenways:

Open house (October 26, 2011)

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History of the area


For decades, Empire Stadium was home to many sporting events. Notable moments include the 1954 British Games, when Roger Bannister and John Landy both ran a sub-four-minute mile in the same race - the first time that feat had been accomplished.


The stadium also hosted the BC Lions' first home game on August 28, 1954. Empire Stadium was also host to the first Grey Cup west of Ontario in 1955.

1980s - 2000s

Empire Stadium also hosted the North American Soccer League's Vancouver Whitecaps until the early 1980s. Formerly a parking lot called Empire Bowl, the space was renamed Empire Fields in 2001 and converted into a community area.

In 2010, a temporary stadium was built at Empire Fields to host the BC Lions and other events during construction on BC Place Stadium's retractable roof.

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Hastings Park

Visit one of one of Vancouver's largest urban parks: Hastings Park. There's lots to enjoy and discover: recreational activities, park spaces, gardens, playground, and sport fields, mixed with an amusement park, horse race trace, and large sport and entertainment venues.